PHT Morning Skate: Bergevin on Waite decision; big week for Penguins

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• Marc Bergevin reveals that he fired goaltending coach Stephane Waite after the second period of Tuesday’s game and did not consult Carey Price about the decision. “The day I decide to do that [consult players about a decision], it will mean I’m not the right guy for the job.” [TSN]

• NHL Player Safety has fined Nino Niederreiter $5,000 for interfering with Juuse Saros Tuesday night. The Predators goaltender is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. [NHL.com]

• One win down without Sidney Crosby, a few more possibly ahead during a big week for the Penguins. [Pensburgh]

Zach Parise was a healthy scratch for only the second time in his NHL career Wednesday night. [PHT]

• How are some of the top 2020 NHL Draft picks panning out in 2021? [PHT]

• The Blue Jackets will welcome 25% capacity (4,536 fans) at Nationwide Arena beginning March 9. [1st Ohio Battery]

• Action is needed now by the Sabres to stop this runaway train of disaster. [Die by the Blade]

• Let Alvin Kamara play up front for the Predators:

• Longtime minor leaguer Jordan Samuels-Thomas talks about being the only Black referee in the AHL. [Gulls]

• Reworking the CHL-NHL agreement to allow top prospects to get to the NHL earlier. [Dobber Hockey]

Patrick Kane and face-off wins are just a few of the keys the Blackhawks need to work as they face a difficult March schedule. [The Rink]

• On the role Twitch played in the NWHL gaining more fans during their 2021 season. [Skedline]

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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